Champs can counter the best laid plans
The strength of Corofin’s bench told when push came to shove in the second half. Winning manager Kevin O’brien had so many options that made life impossible for Ballintubber down the home stretch. Ballintubber’s coach Kevin Johnson certainly had his homework done and set his team up effectively in the opening half. They were hard to break down, dominated around the middle, and created space up top for Jamesie Finnerty and Cillian O’connor to exploit. But Corofin manager Kevin O’brien took remedial action in the second half and flooded the middle third with bodies. This, combined with the introduction of a swarm of substitutes helped to turn the tide.